There are days where all I want to do is curl up in a dark corner, cower in defeat, and lament my life.
Nothing goes the way I think I deserve it should go. Whether in my family, relationships, at my work, or in my heart, my focus becomes misplaced and I begin pitying myself because life is not all it was once cracked up to be.
Life hurts. I know.
But I’ve been learning some pretty interesting lessons about life…lessons about the good days, and about the painful, hard days as well.
1. We are called to a hard life.
Jesus said in Luke 9:23 that any who want to be worthy of following Him should pick up his own cross and follow Him wholeheartedly.
To a first century Jew, the cross was a symbol of torture, humiliation, and shame … who in their right mind would want to pick up that?
Here’s where the rubber of doing hard things meets the road. Following Jesus isn’t supposed to be easy.
It’s supposed to glorify the Father. That often requires pain, and virtual death to our selfish desires, lusts and egos.
We, as Christians, are called to doing hard things more than I once realized, and more often than my comfort-seeking heart wants.
2. We are called to a purposeful life.
We are created to be loved by God and glory in His excellent name. We see this truth in many Bible passages such as Ephesians 2:10. We are here to glorify Him.
He could have been done with us after Eve ate the forbidden fruit. He could have wiped us out and started over. But He loved us and He is faithful. He made a way for us to be with Him forever because of love.
That unwavering love is what gives you and me purpose.
3. We are given a beautiful life.
I know heartache. I know pain. I know life can be incredibly hard. I also know that life can be so incredibly beautiful.
From the miracle of grace to the miracle of you and me breathing, this life truly leaves me in awe.
We don’t deserve this life. We don’t deserve our breathing privileges. We don’t deserve to feel full after a meal, have a hot shower, or get to work on time.
We, as humans, deserve nothing less than Hell, forever. Yet here we are. Cherished. Loved. Able to be satisfied. Smothered in grace. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
So yes, life is hard.
Life is also a beautiful, generous gift from God.
How could the world be changed if our generation started living like that was true?
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Good article, Haylie, and so true. I heard a thing once that said for Christians, this world is the worst it’s gonna get, but for non-believers, this is the best. It also makes me think of the song, ‘This is a Beautiful World’. Sometimes I can only see the poverty, the wars, and the Syrian refugee crisis and I have to remind myself that there’s more to life than the bad stuff.
Thanks for reading, Cricket! 🙂
Wow I love this article!! Good job, Allie..um.. Haylie. We were given a beautiful life and that is sometimes hard to remember!
Ah-Lay-Thee-Uh I think lol =)
See, you’re both right, lol. *sighs* I guess I should have told y’all I go by Allie in real life (Charity is my RL friend).
OMGOSH I’m an idiot lol! Whoopsies =P
Lol you’re not an idiot, Josh!
Lol thanks =P
Haha Alathia Haylie is my best friend her nick name is Allie but I call her both Allie and Alathia
That’s super cool that you know her irl =)
Meh, not really, she knows how weird I actually am…
Allie you are not weird!!!!!
No more weird than me lol
Lol true true XD
Hahaha I would take weird as a compliment ;D
Well, I do too… usually… lol
Yeah, “usually” is right lol. Wouldn’t want certain people calling me that…like my boss…or a professor XD
Haha… true that.
Speaking of spamming there’s also those creeps that read conversations they weren’t even a part of. . .now that’s weird.
Hehe… I should probably stop that habit…
Btw, how do you know people do that?
He can read people’s minds through the computer 😏
Yikes that’s freaky. ;P
Lol, cool! I didn’t know that @liv737johnoxide:disqus had super powers!
Hahaha yup, he’s a piano with eyes that are worlds and a mind that can read minds XD
I am, lol. And I’ve grown a face as well =P jk
That’s a new edition.
Actually, people’s hearts.
Even better, hahaha XD
You mean, even creepier? XD
Because I was talking about myself, as I was creepily reading a conversation I wasn’t a part of.
Oh! I gotcha! Good to know I am not the only one. 😉
Everyone does it!
Btw do you mind us spamming your thread? lol
I really don’t care at all XD
Awesome *spams more* =P
All these random, off-topic comments = spam =P
Oh ok lol
Hang around here long enough and you’ll learn about spam real quick, lol. Or on Revive…it gets bad on Revive XD
Haha see, I never actually got on Revive, so I wouldn’t know.. but I heard stories… lol
You have a profile though, and quite a few followers considering you’ve never commented or posted =P
Just checked you have 16 followers =P a lot of active people don’t even have that many
Wait. Why do you have to make everything so confusing? Now there are two Josh A.’s and one really is the original. . .Where have I been?
Lol! When I changed back I contemplated naming myself “THE Josh A.” or something like that but I didn’t wanna look like I was dissing the other Josh A =P
Haha so I just realized you were talking about my account on Revive lol. I was so confused, I had no idea what you were talking about. *facepalm* It only took me 13 days. XD
Hahaha wow, congratulations lol!!! I guess I should’ve clarified what I was trying to say there XD
Nah you’re good lol 😉
Hey it’s been good talking/spamming, I gotta run for now though. Ttyl! =)
Good talking/spamming with you guys too!
Wait. Haylie! I’m not alone?
Nope, I guess you’re not alone. *highfive*
*sings* Just know you’re not alone…’cuz I’m gonna make this place your…who me? Getting off topic? Naw never =P
*joins in singing* Goodness, Josh, now that’s gonna be stuck in my head… literally all day… way to go.
YOU’RE WELCOME!!!! XD
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh. Whoa oh oh oh.
Settle dooooooowwwwwn it’ll all be clear
Augh Joshie, you’re not helping!
Apologies, I had no idea you were Haylie/Alathia/Allie’s real life friend =P
That’s OK it’s an honest mistake lol
Awesome article, Haylie! Those were some really good points. Sometimes it is hard to remember that life is beautiful when all the bad stuff is going on. I have decided that I’m going to try and remember that I have a beautiful life when I’m starting to feel discouraged. Thanks for writing! You’ve encouraged me today. 🙂
Aww, I’m so glad it was an encouragement to you, Anne. Thank you for reading!
Wow. I just gave a speech with these almost exact same points this past week. Too cool. I love your look into this. 🙂
Whoa, great minds think alike, I guess 😉 Thanks for reading, Brooke!
Great article, Haylie! Sometimes it’s hard to remember how beautiful life is when you’re going through a tough time.
Thanks Hannah. It’s true, It’s hard to remember sometimes… Thanks for reading 🙂
“Life is Beautiful…” That is something I really needed to hear today. Thank you! This was really encouraging.
I’m so glad it encouraged you, Aaron. Thank you for reading 🙂
This is really encouraging, because you’re right God could have just wiped us out and then started over, but he didn’t he loves us even though we sin. Thank you.
I’m glad! My brother preached a sermon recently where he brought up that point, and I was like, “Oh… wow there’s yet another reason showing that God does really love us!”
Wow, This is a great read! Great job, Haylie!! I love how you say that life is beautiful! It really is… sometimes it’s hard to remember that tho. Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome, Ashley. Yep, it can be super hard to remember sometimes… I was having a particularly hard time remembering how beautiful life was when I wrote this article, actually. Thanks for reading! 🙂
“We don’t deserve this life. We don’t deserve our breathing privileges…” Thanks for that great reminder! I take things for granted way too often.
Me too! Isn’t it wonderful that we serve such a gracious God though? 🙂
Thank you for writing this! It is a great reminder, especially #2. Thank you! 🙂
You’re welcome, Olivia! 🙂
Great article. “But God loves us and he is faithful”
Thank you for reading, Delaney 🙂
Agreed with all the other comments! The novel part of the post that I particularly value is the recognition that life is difficult and that’s not a problem. We cannot doubt when faced with trials; Jesus Himself faced more trials than we will ever face combined! Plain and simple, we must excel in the midst of our trials with the help of the Holy Spirit.
And when we do deal with doubt we can put our doubts on Christ.
Truth. Thanks for reading, Christos!
Love this! Thanks, friend.
You’re welcome 🙂
Great article and such a good reminder, Haylie! It can be hard to remember that life is beautiful sometimes. I’ve been having a little bit of a hard time with that recently, but God continuously reminds me how amazingly beautiful the world he created is.
Glad you enjoyed it, Sarah! Thanks for reading 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement and great article!! 😀 It’s hard to remember these things, but they are totally true! 😀 Great reminder!
Thank you for reading and commenting, Matthew. It makes my heart very happy to know it encouraged you 🙂
I’ve been having a tough time with my life lately and this really helps make sense of everything. Thanks!
If y’all want to check out my sisters blog it’s awesome and called lifeonpointe. It’s got a ton a short and inspiring stories and life hacks, ect. ect. I’d love for y’all to check it out! Thanks again!
Thanks for reading McKaylee! I hope your sister’s blog encourages many 🙂
Here’s the link to her blog if y’all want it.